Three non-alcoholic drinks to try for Sober October Alcohol-free Gin & Tonic If you love gin but hate headaches, try creating a non-alcoholic version by infusing water with aromatics. Method: Bring about three cups of water (750ml), 3 tbsp crushed juniper berries, a few cardamom pods, lemon peel and a little black tea to the boil. Cool, then strain and mix with tonic and lime. Tip: Blend with lime and frozen cucumbers for a grown-up slushie. Rhubarb shrub If you’re looking to create a cocktail with a ‘kick’, try making a shrub: a combo of fruit, sweetener, and vinegar to give it a tart taste. Method: Boil up ½ kg rhubarb with sugar to taste and 500ml of water until it gains a syrupy texture, then add 200ml quality apple cider vinegar. Store in the fridge to chill and add to soda water for a refreshing, light drink. Alcohol-free Old Fashioned Tea can help to achieve the malty goodness of whiskey and bourbon. Use it to create a lighter version of the classic Old Fashioned (whiskey, sugar syrup and bitters). Method: Brew barley tea (also known as mugicha, widely found at Asian supermarkets) for about 20 minutes, and chill. Add some bitters, sweetener, and a lemon twist. Enjoy.